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BabyDevLab Deputy Director / Research Fellow

Stratford, United Kingdom
£44,577 per annum inclusive of London Weighting
Closing date
11 Mar 2024

Location: Stratford Campus
Salary: Starting from £44,577 per annum inclusive of London Weighting
Post Type: Full Time
Post Type: Fixed Term
Contract Length: 24 months
Closing Date: Monday 11 March 2024
Reference: 3178-23-R-R

Founded in 1898, we at the University of East London (UEL) are proud to change lives through education. Our goal is to advance industry 5.0 careers-first education and provide a clear path to the jobs and opportunities of the future. We’re committed to driving diversity in the 5.0 talent pipeline, working in partnership to promote talent wherever it is found and creating a balanced, inclusive, and green future.

But we can't achieve this goal alone. We need forward-thinking, innovative, and curious individuals like you to join our community and help us craft our future. As part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to work with a diverse range of people who share your passion for creating positive change. We’re an inclusive and welcoming community that is constantly moving forward, never satisfied with the status quo.

About Us

The UEL BabyDev Lab ( currently consists of 17 full-time postdocs, PhDs and administrators funded by active grants from funders including the ERC, EU, and Research Councils UK. We are located in Newham, East London, at the heart of one of the most socio-demographically mixed areas of the world, and a major focus of our research is investigating how early home and educational environments - both the physical environment (e.g. noise, green space) and the social environments (e.g. caregiver mental health, and caregiver contingency/predictability) affect executive control and stress development during the 0-5 years age range. To do this, we use child- and adult-worn home wearable devices, consisting of camera, microphone, physio monitor, proximity, and GPS; and we collect child-adult dual-brain naturalistic recordings using EEG and fNIRS.  

The university has recently invested £2 million in new state-of-the-art testing facilities. In the last 5 years our research has been published in journals including Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (twice), PLoS Biology, Current Biology (twice), eLife (three times), Trends in Cognitive Sciences and others (see list of sample publications here

About the Job

We are recruiting for a Senior Postdoc to work as a Deputy Lab Director/Research Fellow. The responsibilities of this post will include helping to manage current staff working on pre-existing projects, including providing supervision with analyses (technical experience with Python, Matlab or e.g. machine learning is desirable), and supervising manuscript preparation. The post-holder will also have extensive freedom and capacity to develop their own scientific ideas through writing new articles and grant applications. If desired, the opportunity to gain teaching experience will also be provided, with a possible transition to a faculty position afterwards. The post is funded for 2 years in the first instance. 

Benefits Package

Beyond a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive benefits package:

  • 31.08-35.38% pension contribution
  • 35 days holiday, plus 3 days over Christmas and bank holidays
  • Hybrid working options for most positions
  • A discretionary and non-contractual shared success bonus scheme with a value of up to £5,000 in the 23/24 academic year
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • 3 times base salary life assurance
  • Cashback healthcare scheme
  • Discounts on Apple and Samsung products, holidays, clothing, fitness, lifestyle, dining out, and weekly shopping

Equal Opportunities

UEL is an inclusive equal opportunities employer and are proud of our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity achievements, including: zero gender pay gap, members of Stonewall and have won Athena Swan awards. We expect all employees of UEL to accept our EDI policy and will not tolerate discrimination in any form.

So, if you’d like to take your career to the next level with us here at the University of East London and are inspired by our environment and committed to success, we want you to apply today!

Further details: Job Description & Person Specification More about our benefits

To contact the recruitment team please phone +44 20 8223 3000 x 4600 or e-mail

CVs without a completed application form will not be accepted.

At UEL we are committed to working together to build a community which values diversity in both our staff and student populations, is representative and inclusive, enabling all to progress and thrive.

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